14/02/2018 15:17, Report by Joe Ganley
United have been blessed with some of the greatest individuals in the history of football, but the club’s most successful eras have come when multiple talents combine to make something truly magical. We delve into five key partnerships that have helped the Reds soar…
MATT BUSBY AND JIMMY MURPHY
The modern Manchester United began in earnest in 1946, when club manager Matt Busby enlisted former Welsh international Jimmy Murphy as his assistant. Old Trafford was little more than a post-war bomb site, and United were without a major trophy in 35 years. But between them, the pair revolutionised not just Manchester United, but English football as a whole. Their commitment to developing and promoting young talent, to providing dazzlingly entertaining football, to broadening the club’s scope to include pioneering European adventure, created the global institution that United is today.
The most dramatic example of their devotion to this shared vision came after the tragedy in Munich. “Keep the flag flying, Jimmy,” instructed Busby, as he fought for his life in the Rechts der Isar hospital. Murphy did, and within ten years, the pair had conquered Europe.
GEORGE BEST, DENIS LAW AND BOBBY CHARLTON
The youth system that Busby and Murphy fostered was so discerning that it enabled United to identify arguably the two greatest British footballers of all: Bobby…